2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Mercedes‑Benz S‑Class. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    14-25 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    275-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Highway poise
  • Seat comfort
  • Intuitive Comand system
  • Massive backseat

The Bad

  • Maneuverability in tight spaces
  • Numerous tech features could pose reliability problems later

Notable Features of the 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

  • S350 diesel 4Matic
  • More standard features
  • S400 Hybrid
  • Many high-tech options
  • RWD or AWD
  • High-performance AMG versions available

2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Mercedes' flagship S-Class full-size sedan seats five in two luxurious rows. A number of different powerful engines are available, as are high-performance AMG editions. Two more fuel-efficient S-Class variants are also available: the S350 Bluetec 4Matic diesel and the S400 Hybrid. The S-Class shares luxury-sedan real estate with competitors like the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Bentley Continental Flying Spur.
New for 2013
For the 2013 model year, the S350 Bluetec 4matic, S400 Hybrid and S550 models get the Premium 2 option package as standard. It includes parking assistance, a backup camera, keyless-go with push-button start and massaging front seats with adjustable comfort head restraints.
Exterior
The S-Class receives no major styling changes for 2013. Exterior features include:

  • S400 Hybrid has 18-inch 10-spoke wheels
  • S63 AMG has 20-inch twin five-spoke wheels
  • Standard bi-xenon headlamps 
  • Standard LED daytime running lights and taillamps
  • Available panoramic sunroof

Interior
Chrome and wood accents adorn the inside of the S-Class, which has room for up to five people. As opposed to a console-located gearshift, the driver selects Park, Drive and Reverse via a stalk on the right side of the steering column. Parktronic parking assist and a backup camera are standard on select models. Drivers who wish to manually control the automatic transmission can use shift paddles on the steering wheel. Interior features include:

  • Comand system with 7-inch dash scree...
Vehicle Overview

Mercedes' flagship S-Class full-size sedan seats five in two luxurious rows. A number of different powerful engines are available, as are high-performance AMG editions. Two more fuel-efficient S-Class variants are also available: the S350 Bluetec 4Matic diesel and the S400 Hybrid. The S-Class shares luxury-sedan real estate with competitors like the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Bentley Continental Flying Spur.
New for 2013
For the 2013 model year, the S350 Bluetec 4matic, S400 Hybrid and S550 models get the Premium 2 option package as standard. It includes parking assistance, a backup camera, keyless-go with push-button start and massaging front seats with adjustable comfort head restraints.
Exterior
The S-Class receives no major styling changes for 2013. Exterior features include:

  • S400 Hybrid has 18-inch 10-spoke wheels
  • S63 AMG has 20-inch twin five-spoke wheels
  • Standard bi-xenon headlamps 
  • Standard LED daytime running lights and taillamps
  • Available panoramic sunroof

Interior
Chrome and wood accents adorn the inside of the S-Class, which has room for up to five people. As opposed to a console-located gearshift, the driver selects Park, Drive and Reverse via a stalk on the right side of the steering column. Parktronic parking assist and a backup camera are standard on select models. Drivers who wish to manually control the automatic transmission can use shift paddles on the steering wheel. Interior features include:

  • Comand system with 7-inch dash screen and center-console control knob
  • Split-view dashboard screen can show different content at same time for driver and passenger
  • Standard heated and ventilated front seats, optional massaging 
  • Available power-adjustable rear seats with heating and ventilation
  • Available premium stereo 
  • Available rear entertainment system

Under the Hood
In addition to the hybrid V-6 and diesel V-6, available engines include two V-8s and two V-12s, all of which team with automatic transmissions. Mechanical features include:

  • S400 Hybrid has a 3.5-liter V-6 and a seven-speed automatic with a total system output of 295 hp
  • S350 has a 240-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter diesel V-6 and a seven-speed automatic
  • S550 features a new 429-hp, 4.6-liter direct-injection V-8 and drives a seven-speed automatic
  • S600 powered by a 510-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-12 and features a five-speed automatic
  • S63 AMG has a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 that makes 536 hp, works with a seven-speed automatic and includes a start/stop feature (optional Performance Package increases output to 563 hp)
  • S65 AMG uses a 621-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 and a five-speed automatic
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive

Safety
Safety features include Mercedes-Benz's Pre-Safe system, which can tighten the front seat belts, close the sunroof and side windows, and adjust passenger seats for optimal safety when the system senses an impending collision. The S-Class can also get Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control and Pre-Safe Brake. Pre-Safe Brake works in conjunction with Distronic Plus radar signals and can slow the car automatically to lessen the severity of a collision. Other safety features include:

  • Side curtain airbags, front and rear side-impact airbags
  • Active front head restraints
  • Electronic stability system
  • Optional lane departure warning system and driver-drowsiness monitor
  • Optional infrared night-vision system projects black-and-white video image on instrument cluster display
  • Available active body control with crosswind stabilization

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Very good automobile

by Albert on July 5, 2018

Great car for the value and very dependable as well. Love This style of automobile. The color is great, the vaule was exceptional, very low mileage. Read full review

(5.0)

Best all around car I?ve owned

by Mike from Macon, Ga on July 1, 2018

Best all around car I?ve ever owned! Safe dependable very comfortable drivers great with a lot of power produced by the v eight twin turbo engine Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mercedes-Benz

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    5 years / Unlimited Miles*

    Up to 5 years/Unlimited miles from original in-service date if purchased while under original warranty, or 1 year/Unlimited miles if purchased outside of new-vehicle warranty; no deductible, transferable to subsequent owners
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous inspection by factory-certified technicians.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The S-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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